Wednesday, November 22

Comment Winner - Day 21

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I so love snowflakes! We once rented a small bus. The weather was very hot and we couldn't find the AC. When we returned the bus we reported it to the garage. They looked surprised and pointed to a button with a snowflake....we just searched for the letters AC. Since I adore snowflakes.
Enjoy your day!
xxx Margreet

Day 22 - "T"

Today I have a tutorial to share with you that's all about adding a bit more oomph to your pre-coloured digital stamps. You'll need a printed, pre-coloured image and your choice of colouring medium. I've gone with a little snowman printed on kraft coloured card stock and I'm using Prismacolor pencils. For the best results, don't forget to choose the right paper for the colouring medium you're using.


1. Print your pre-coloured image onto card stock and select your colouring medium. Try to match the colours of your pencils or markers to the colours that are already in the image. You won't have much success colouring a red hat over black printer ink!


2. Now pick an area to start colouring and apply a very light layer. (If you're colouring with pencils, don't press too firmly. If you're colouring with markers or paints, select a very light shade.) Go in again and add some darker colour (by pressing more firmly on your pencil or choosing a darker paint or marker) in the areas that would be in shadow. Remember that the pre-coloured stamp will more than likely have the shadowing and highlighting done for you, so you don't need to be particularly fussy.


3. Now repeat the process for the other areas of the image until it's fully coloured. This is a great technique for practising your colouring skills or for boosting your printed images... especially when the printer is a little lack lustre.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "T" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation:

Stamps: Mr. Snowflake

Tuesday, November 21

We Broke The Record!

Woohoo!!
What a bunch of champions we are...
We've already smashed last year's record of 422 card entries in the Month Of Holiday Cards challenge, and there's still more than a week to go. Great job everyone!

Comment Winner - Day 20

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How fun. I saw this opportunity in the nick of time (or, in honor of the season maybe I should say the Nicholas of time?!) And just made it in as #424. (Thanks, Beccy. You are always so generous!)

Day 21 - "S"

It's another easy letter today - there are lots of great "S" words that relate to the holidays, including snow, for those in the northern hemisphere, or sunshine, for those in the south. Even though I live in Australia, where there isn't a hint of snow to be seen at this time of year, I've still gone with snowflakes. Mostly because of these gorgeous stickers that my Mum-in-law sent me last year... how could I resist?


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "S" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Santa, stockings, star, snowman, shepherd, s-fold card, shutter card, shaped card, step card, star fold, scallops, stitching, sponging, stamping, stencils, scarlet, sepia, silver. 

Monday, November 20

Race Winners

Our race winners have been decided!

Congratulations
Gail Scott (414)
MCS - Mies (415)
PST - Petra (416)
Swissie (417)
Stamping Kitty (418)
JackieT (419)
Mel C (420)
Suzanne H (421)
Janice Melton (422)
Kathy (424)

You've each won a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
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Comment Winner - Day 19

Congratulations Debi!
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I must admit, I very briefly considered teaching myself how to quill. And you do have a digi with ink and a quill, or any of the feathers in the feather set could be used as a quill to write Santa a letter. I also considered adding some Christmas decorations to Nell's quaint little cottage. Your group of snowmen that spell JOLLY would make a fine quintuplet, too. What a quintessential challenge you have given us. It's really quite a lot of fun. Okay. I'll quit now. Hugs, Debi

Day 20 - "R"

Santa's reindeer are easily the hardest working critters come Christmas Eve. Along with cookies and milk for Santa, we always make sure to leave out a few juicy carrots and a big bowl of water for his hard-working team.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "R" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Reindeer, Rudolph, red, rejoice, reunion, rocker card, ribbons, rubber stamps, royal blue, ruby.

Sunday, November 19

On Your Marks...

We haven't had a race for quite a while, it must be time for another.

The next ten people to upload a card to the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge will win a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place. You can upload as many cards or projects as you like, but you can only collect one prize until all ten have been won.

Our starting point is card #414

Ready...
Set...
Go!

Comment Winner - Day 18

Congratulations Gail!
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Outrageously, overwhelming,[these are good things] Oval-Shaped card - loving it!

Day 19 - "Q"

It's another hard one today... the letter "Q".
I decided to use up some scraps of Christmas paper to created a quilted background for my card. It was either that, or quickly acquire some quilling skills!


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "Q" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
quilt, quilted paper, quilling, quill, quiet, quarter fold card, quatro fold, quartz



Saturday, November 18

Saturday Weekly Winners

We've already reached the third Saturday of the month,
which means it's time for some more prizes!

Congratulations
Mies (195)
Stamping Kitty (254)
Conny (368)

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Comment Winner - Day 17

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PERFECT poinsettias Beccy!
LOVE your colouring and design - WOW - so ELEGANT!
I remember our 1st trip to FNQ and we just HAD to take photos in front of HUGE poinsettia bushes. After only seeing them in "pot" size every Christmas it was almost magical :)

Day 18 - Sketch Challenge

It's time to slip in an extra challenge to help round out our month. This time I've drawn up a very basic sketch for you to interpret. Feel free to turn it, twist it or shake it up until you have a design you're happy with.



YOUR TURN: Create a card based on the sketch above.
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Friday, November 17

Comment Winner - Day 16

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Oodles of overindulgencies! (I'm really reaching now for alliterations :)

Day 17 - "P"

I don't think many of you will be surprised when I reveal that my "P" word is poinsettias, they are easily my favourite holiday flower.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "P" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
pudding, partridge, pears, presents, pine, pop-up cards, pyramid card, pocket card, pastels, purple, plum, paint, paper piecing, pleating, parchment, pearls, pencils, petals, photos, plaid.

Thursday, November 16

Comment Winner - Day 15

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These are just fabulous. I've also been making multiples for Christmas as I find this is the easiest way when I leave it to the end to make them!

Day 16 - "O"

Oh dear me... "O" is another one of the those letters that's a little tricky when thinking of holiday card-making prompts. The first thing that came to my mind was ovals.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "O" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
ornaments, over the edge cards, oval cards, one layer, origami, outdoor, Our Lord, orange, ochre, onyx

Wednesday, November 15

Prize Time

Today is the 15th of November, which means we've hit the middle of our challenge! It's wonderful to see so many fabulous cards, tags and paper craft projects in the gallery, everyone's doing a great job! To keep the momentum going I think it's time for a few more prizes...

Congratulations
Gail K. (14)
Suzanne H. (122)
Petra - Petra's Frobelhoekje (161)
Annie (196)
Dorothy (209)
Sarah W. (241)

Your fabulous cards have won you a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
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Comment Winner - Day 14

Congratulations Debi!
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M is also for Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, and Mixed Vegetables - our dinner tonight. I do believe this challenge is alphabetically appetizing, too!
Love your multiple cards. These images would make an adorable matching or memory game for in a little one's Christmas stocking. OMG, Matching and memory both start with M! I may be going Mad. But I'm having so much fun losing my Mind.

Day 15 - "N"

I really enjoyed making this CAS style card and I love the end result, I may even make a few more since it was relatively quick and easy. If you haven't already invested in a bottle of puff paint then do yourself a favour and grab some the next time you're in a craft store. It works great for snow, beards, fur, little flowers, cream, frosting, etc., etc....


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "N" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
North Pole, noel, nativity, naughty, nice, nutcracker, northern lights, no-line colouring, napkin fold, never ending card, naples yellow, navy, neon


Tuesday, November 14

Comment Winner - Day 13

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What a gorgeous card I love it. That Koala needs a bit of help. I think light have improved in the last few years we don't have the trouble we used to have. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Day 14 - "M"

Today we've arrived at the letter "M", which means we're now half way through the alphabet! Can you believe we've come so far already? I hope you're all managing to build up a nice little stack of holiday cards.
In order to give my collection a little boost, I've decided that my "M" word is going to be multiples. Generally, I don't like to make a lot of the same card because I get bored with repetition, but I find that if I use different colours and different shapes it's not so bad.


Here are the little images all coloured and mounted onto matching paper. In the photo below, you can see that I've made them up into simple holiday cards.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "M" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
mistletoe, mittens, manger, merry, Mary, matchbox card, magic window card, markers, masking, menorah, metal, microbeads, mixed media, mauve, magenta


Monday, November 13

Comment Winner - Day 12

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Love the use that the kanga has made of her pouch!

Day 13 - "L"

How many times have you unpacked your holiday decorations only to find your lights in a tangle?! The best thing we ever did was purchase a little reel on which to store our lights, it really makes a huge difference when it comes time to trim the tree. Mind you, a tangle of lights always makes a cute card...


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "L" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Lights, list, log, love, lettering, layering, letterpress, lever card, latch card, lavender, lemon, lilac, Lord, lamb.

Sunday, November 12

New Release: Aussie Christmas

This set will definitely add an Aussie flavour to your Christmas card making. The set includes a candy-cane toting kangaroo, star-gazing wombat and light-wrapped koala, along with five mix and match ocker sentiments to complete your holiday projects. 


Check out the design team goodness...

Two cards from Anesha 


 Two cards from Carla


And three projects by Petra 

Comment Winner - Day 11

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Just realised that it's already my birthday in Australia, so I think I might open a bottle of wine and start celebrating! LOL! xx

Day 12 - "K"

An Aussie Christmas just isn't the same without a kangaroo with a pouch full of candy canes. I'm sure my fellow Aussies would agree with me... although some would probably have their 'roo loaded up with cold beer or little pressies for the kids. Needless to say, today I'm going with "K" for kangaroo!


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "K" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Kris Kringle, kings, kiss, kraft, khaki, kangaroo, koala, kindling, kinetic cards


Saturday, November 11

Saturday Weekly Winners

It's Saturday again!
That means it's time for some more prizes.

Congratulations
Suzanne H. (73)
Crafty (86)
PST (184)

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Comment Winner - Day 10

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Hi Beccy, a beautiful card, love the ice skate, I think I is for ice cream pudding, a very nice sweet treat for our Aussie Christmas... have a wonderful weekend at the craft show... Megan

Day 11 - "J"

It's J-day today. Time to get those thinking caps on and come up with some great techniques, holiday images, words, card folds or products that start with the letter "J".


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "J" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation: 

INSPIRATION WORDS:
joy, jolly, Jesus, Jack Frost, jingle bells, Joyeux Noel,
joy fold card, jade, jonquil, jungle green


Friday, November 10

Photos From The Fair

Day Two - Ready for Trade
We had an awesome day with a steady stream of lovely customers and fellow stall holders popping by to say hi! It was so much fun meeting people in "real life" and swapping card making ideas, tips and funny stories. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Ready for Trade!

Today's best seller
Aussie Christmas

Comment Winner - Day 9

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Love the shape he looks so happy I wonder if he has finished his deliveries or had too much sherry with his mince pies

Day 10 - "I"

Even though you're unlikely to find any ice outside of a freezer or esky around here, I'm still going with "I" for ice skate today. I've only been ice skating once, a very long time ago, and that was enough for me to realise that I am not cut out for slippery surfaces!


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "I" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Ice, ice skating, icicle, imagination, iridescent, inking, italic, iris folding, indigo, ivory.

Stamps: Peace and Joy

Thursday, November 9

Photos From The Fair

Day One - Set Up
We spent a few hours setting up tables, hanging examples and getting all our stock looking ship shape for opening day. I chatted to a few of our "neighbours" who are lovely and friendly... they even gave me some great tips for a smooth show!
I still have a few more things to hang on the back wall, but basically, this is it. I can't believe how excited I am to see everything come together.


A Few More Prizes

I'm loving every day of this month's challenge, all your fabulous cards and projects have put me in a very festive mood... so let's give away a few more prizes!

Congratulations
Kathy (154)
Marleen (157)
Gail (160)

You've each won a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
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Comment Winner - Day 8

Congratulations Dorothy!
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G = great!
Thanks for the list of words each time. I am using them to create my own list for future reference. Sometimes my brain is totally blank when an "alphabet" challenge appears! Your list will be a great help.

Day 9 - "H"

Santa's famous catch cry is the theme for my card today...
Ho Ho Ho!


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "H" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
holly, ho ho ho, happy, holiday, hot chocolate, hope, handbag card, heat embossing, herringbone technique, honeycomb paper, hexagons, hot glue, heliotrope, harvest gold, hookers green, hunters green

Stamps: Skating Santa

Wednesday, November 8

Two More Sleeps

Craft Alive starts in just two more days!
If you're visiting the show, please stop by and say hi. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of wonderful card makers, scrapbookers and paper crafters over the weekend. My youngest daughter, Kenzie, will be coming along to help (and to make sure the electronic side of things stays in working order!)
See you on the weekend.


More Race Winners...

We have the next ten winners in the card entry race!

Congratulations
Liv (130)
Mel C (131)
Stamping Kitty (132)
Donna R (133)
Debi B. (134)
Margreet (136)
Aunty Sue (137)
NanaConnie (138)
Petra PST (139)
Colinda (140)

You've each won a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
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Comment Winner - Day 7

Congratulations NanaConnie!
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You did throw me a curve since I already had my "G" card ready and the post scheduled, but I changed the posting time by a day so all's well. I'm off to my craft room to incorporate one of the lines and get another card done. :-D

Day 8 - "G"

"G" is for gifts... big ones, small ones and everything in between!
Parcels wrapped in pretty paper and tied with sparkly ribbons.


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "G" as your prompt.
Click on the link to upload a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
gifts, garland, gingerbread, green, gold, gamsol, gesso, gap card, gate fold card, gilding, gold leaf, glitter, glass, glossy accents.

Stamps: Snow Drifters